Is Sitting as Deadly as We Think?

Sitting - we all do it; some more than others, but we all do it pretty much every day. Be it on your couch, at your PC desk, dinner table, park bench or any other object, we do an awful lot of sitting in our lifetime. Due to medicine advancing, in recent years, it has come to light just how dangerous for our health sitting can be. Experts and researchers in the field of Medicine have discovered that sitting for a long period of time, and in an incorrect pose can be very negative for our health, ultimately being the cause of chronic conditions like diabetes or even heart disease. If you sit too often for a long time, which most of us do, it can even shorten our lifespan, according to a 2017 study published in Annals of Internal Medicine. In a couple of years, we have come from enjoying sitting down to it being something we should avoid. However, before we get too desperate, there might be some light at the end of this tunnel. There could indeed be a way to sit down, just as often as we are used to but not get the many negative effects it brings along. It all comes down to research in the field, and it might turn out to be not as bad as we think. New Research is Changing the Facts Very recently, sitting and its negative effects have been a subject of a new study published in BMC Medicine. Along with his team, Carlos Celis-Morales, a researcher from Glasgow conducted the study on the effects of sitting on about 400,000 middle-aged people in the U.K. The aim was to precisely discover how negative the effects of sitting really are. The participants of the study were asked to keep a detailed record of their activities. That included sitting down for a tea, watching TV, doing work or anything else; they were to also keep track of their regular fitness routines for a period of time. The research study concluded that sitting may not be as “deadly” as we are lead to believe, and long as you make sure you get enough activity on the daily basis and you regularly get up for a stretch or two. When the results of the BMC Medicine research were published, they clearly indicated that people who are the least physically active were the ones most likely to have serious problems caused by sitting, eventually resulting in death. Those people – who didn’t exercise or spent most of their time sitting down had 31% higher risk of death, risk of developing heart disease was at 21%, and risk of developing cancer was at 14%. As the lead researcher Carlos Celis-Morales reassured the public, you don’t need to be the strongest and most active person alive to reduce the risk of sitting causing negative effects. It is enough to simply get up, move and be active as the participants of the study who were physically active could sit for the exact same length of time each day, since their health risk were neutralized by them being active.